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Many activists were forced to stand trial in Iran and confess to charges of organizing protests to dispute the 2009 elections.

Aug. 03, 2011

Today we spend the hour on Iran, beginning with the courts. DePaul University’s Kaveh Eshani explains the role of the judiciary in Iranian politics. Also, an American journalist in search of his family roots provides an intimate look behind the scenes in Iran. Steve Zind meets with the 95-year-old patriarch and keeper of the Zand family history, himself a direct descendant of an eighteenth century Persian king. And, in his book, Letters to My Torturer: Love, Revolution, and Imprisonment in Iran, Iranian journalist Houshang Asadi reflects on the six years he spent in prison after being arrested in 1981 in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution. Twenty years later, he records his recollections of torture and imprisonment in the form of 27 letters to his interrogator.